What does Doucheling mean?

Someone who’s kind of a douchebag

If you’ve ever come across someone who seems to be a bit of a jerk, but not entirely, they might be a doucheling. This slang term describes a person who’s not a full-blown douchebag, but has similar traits. Think about that one friend of yours who acts a bit arrogant at times, but isn’t all that bad once you get to know them better.

Most frequently, you can find the term ‘doucheling’ popping up online. It’s especially common in social media arguments where people are throwing around insults. But you might also find it in text messages or even hear someone say it out loud.

The term itself is a spin-off from the insult ‘douchebag’, which became popular in the 80s and 90s. It’s not exactly clear who first came up with ‘doucheling’, but it seems to have gained popularity in the 2000s. The term is used to label those younger folks who are still in their douchebag ‘training wheels’, or those who are just kind of annoying, but not quite to the level of a full-blown jerk.

Example for using ‘Doucheling’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see Mark’s comment on my post?

Yeah, he’s such a doucheling. Always trying to act cool.

I know, right? He’s not a full douchebag, but he definitely has some traits.

Exactly. He’s like a mini version of a douchebag.